Birmingham, Alabama, a winner of the 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge, this week held its Readiness Workshop. See how it’s bringing new life to the community by bringing together everyone from the power company to the university to health care providers.
Readiness Cities - Birmingham
“Effective and efficient smart city initiatives are a conduit for amplifying growth and achieving equity. Birmingham is committed to having sustainable and inclusive growth, and the Smart Cities designation will enable us to put that flag in the ground.” — Mayor Randall L. Woodfin
Birmingham believes effective and efficient smart city initiatives are a conduit for amplifying growth and achieving equity. The City is using its Smart Cities Readiness Program to accelerate the use of technology and data to improve public safety and overall quality of life in Birmingham. Adding to the many projects already underway, including an Open Data portal, smart street lighting, community Wi-Fi and bus rapid transit, the workshop will seek solutions in the following areas:
- Economic Empowerment: Re-imagining the business licensing process and data infrastructure to better serve small business owners, entrepreneurs and City departments, thereby boosting economic growth opportunities.
- Transportation and Mobility: Improving public, shared and active transportation to reduce dependency on single-occupancy vehicles (SOVs) and associated negative impacts; and reducing traffic accidents and associated injuries and fatalities.
- Community Health: Using smart technology and data to minimize blight, and increasing access to preventive and specialty care via telehealth and telemedicine to lower costs and reduce health disparities, particularly among the city's underserved and vulnerable populations.
- Public Safety: developing cross-departmental strategies and leveraging smart technologies and data to develop more effective, targeted programs in the Public Safety areas of crime prevention, law enforcement and reentry.
This is the agenda for the Birmingham, AL, Readiness Workshop on August 27, 2018.
This is the agenda for the second public safety day of the Birmingham, AL, Readiness Workshop on August 28, 2018.
The winners of our second-annual Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge have made great strides, advancing from pilots and talking about plans toward working on real solutions that deliver meaningful results. Meet our Class of 2018 and learn about the three critical traits they have in common.